Isn’t the argument from the Left often during times of normal debate that the Tea Party is just a small fringe of “extremists,” and as such should be ignored when it comes to policy. But somehow during shutdown-related budget battles, the Tea Party has the sudden ability to take the whole country down.
.@Toure I thought the Tea Party was irrelevant and "fringe"? Now they are great and powerful?
— #NeverTrump (@RedGalBlueState) October 16, 2013